It was a great week for everyone who roots for the Florida State Seminoles. Winning big against quite possibly the toughest opponent they will face all season long, the Seminoles proved that they are the elite team in the ACC, taking down the Clemson Tigers 51-14 on the road.
On the other side of the field, the North Carolina State Wolfpack are just 3-3 on the season and have yet to take down a quality opponent. This will be the Wolfpack’s toughest game of the season and a win can give them hope for a bowl game appearance when the time comes.
Florida State is led by a guy that goes by the name Jameis Winston. While many people refer to him as ‘Famous Jameis’ the freshman quarterback has openly admitted he doesn’t like the nickname because he isn’t famous yet. His numbers say otherwise as the star quarterback has passed for 1,885 yards and 20 touchdowns in six games for the 10th-best passing attack in the nation. Rashad Greene and Kenny Shaw combine for 1,083 yards and 10 touchdowns on 59 catches. Devonta Freeman leads the run game with 469 yards and four touchdowns.
N.C. State has been fairly average on offense this season, ranking in the 50-range nationally in both pass offense and run offense. The Wolfpack are led by quarterback Pete Thomas who has 1,314 yards this season, but just three passing touchdowns. Not being able to get into the endzone through the air has been an issue for this team and the run game has been forced to score the touchdowns for this offense. There are no real stars on this side of the ball.
Defensively, the Wolfpack have a solid unit, ranking 27th in the nation in points allowed per game and 29th in the nation in yards allowed per game. Florida State has an impressive defense that ranks third in the nation in points allowed per game and seventh in the nation in yard allowed per game.
North Carolina State will travel to Florida State to take on the Seminoles at 3:30 p.m. EST on Saturday, Oct. 26. The game will be broadcasted on ABC and ESPN 2.
PREDICTION: North Carolina State 10, Florida State 42